Publication Date

2020

Document Type

Dissertation

Committee Members

Cassie Barlow, Ph.D. (Committee Co-Chair); Suzanne Franco, Ed.D. (Committee Co-Chair); William Romine, Ph.D. (Committee Member); Sharon G. Heilmann, Ph.D. (Committee Member)

Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)

Abstract

The focus of this study was a comparison of military and non-military parent engagement levels in public elementary schools. A parent survey was used to collect data on the parent engagement levels of military and non-military parents to determine if there was a significant difference between the two populations, while controlling for income and education. In addition, the parent engagement levels of the military parents were analyzed based on the percentage of military students in each school. The objective was to determine if a higher percentage of military students in a school would increase the military parent engagement. Open-ended questions were added to the survey to collect parent responses about how their school can increase parent participation and support military families. There was a statistically significant difference between the parent engagement levels of military and non-military parents for Sharing Information, Connection to Resources, Educational Quality and School Climate, but it was dependent on the income of the parents. No statistically significant difference was seen for the Leadership and Participation or Communication constructs. There was also no statistically significant difference in the level of military parent engagement based on the percentage of military students in the school. The qualitative analyses of the open-ended questions revealed a difference in how the military and non-military families believe that schools should increase parent participation and support military families.

Page Count

164

Year Degree Awarded

2020


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